Monday, 25 May 2015

Circles and Squares

It's almost the end of the month folks, May has all but been and gone, the garden is brightening up and the grass is growing like mad!  Things are going to plan in Aberdeen, Colin's flat is looking good but as with any property, there are always things to do!

Anyway, back to today, and Wynn's challenge over at OohLaLa.  This time we are looking for

Circles and Squares

So get your thinking caps on.  Be that a paper pattern, an image or dies, as long as we see both, you meet the challenge.

For my card, I went with a square base and circle decoupage.  This was a first for me and I must confess I did find it tricky lining up the dies on the image.  Any tips on this process would be much appreciated as several circles had to be binned cause they had either a white rim or when stacked my circle pyramid was wonky!!!

Who said DT members knew what they were doing???

Anyway, here is my card, it uses a lovely image off the Shaun Jenkins CD called Birdhouse.

A Gem of a Challenge - Flowers
Allsorts - Happy Birthday
Crafty Calender - Things with wings - Blue tit
Wags n Whiskers - Lots of Layers

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Let's Get Fruity

Hi everyone, hope you're all well.  This is a scheduled post from me as we are currently in Aberdeen for a spell, sorting out a flat for Colin amongst other things.  Once I've got it to my liking I'll show you pics.  It's in the same block as Alan's which we are delighted about and will make visiting very straightforward.

Anyway back to today and the new challenge over at MAWTT, chosen by Carole, and it's

Let's Get Fruity

A nice fun challenge for this time of year and one that enabled me to use yet another gorgeous, hand painted image from the latest Ooh La La CD - The Paula Oakley collection.  So love this CD and have printed off loads of images to use in the coming weeks.

The Crafters Cafe - Feminine (Hope this is feminine enough with the doily & pearls?)
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Monday, 11 May 2015

Use A Pre-Coloured Image

Good morning everyone and welcome to the latest challenge over at Ooh La La... set by me!  As you can probably tell, I'm super excited to be at the helm and for my theme, I've chosen...

Use A Pre- Coloured Image

Hopefully a nice and easy one with lots of scope for using art pads, CD's or printed sheets.  Now with it being an Ooh La La Challenge, I obviously went with an Ooh La La CD - The Shawn Jenkins collection to be precise, and not only did the image come off the CD, but also the lovely matching papers, so all I needed was my charm, pearls & punch!

 As with many of the images on the CD, there was the option to go decoupage, so that's what I did!

Little Claires - Use kraft
Brown Sugar - Layers - decoupaged
Fussy and Fancy - Lots of flowers
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - May Flowers Jx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Cat Challenge

Well Wynn, you certainly picked a theme that I'd jump at this week - there's no way I'd miss a cat challenge so as soon as I saw your CD Sunday post, I knew which CD I was headed for.  Yup, you guessed it, it's the latest Ooh La La CD, the Paula Oakley collection and without further ado, here's my card!

The decoupaged image and papers are all from the CD, all I did was add a diecut and pearls.

CD Sunday - Curious Cats although he's not too curious just now!
Make My Monday - Trees or leaves - hopefully the cat is lying on sufficient leaves
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes
Natalie & Amy - Animals
Paper Creator Crafts - Animals Jx

Wednesday, 29 April 2015


You'll be glad to here, our snow has all gone again, still very cold, but at least the sun has reappeared!

Today at MAWTT Hazel the boss lady has given us a recipe to follow - I was hoping for cake or biscuits, but no it's a recipe for the perfect card!  So all you need this week is;

1 Digi Imade; 2 Design Papers; 3 Embellishments 
& a pinch of glitter!

And that according to our Hazel will help you create the perfect card, so here is my attempt...

Now first off, I apologise for it being another round card - no shaped cards from me and then 2 in close succession! (Those dies were expensive you know so I gotta get the good of them!)

Anyway, it's another sweet All Dressed Up image - Little Star to be precise.  First Edition Up Up & Away papers and 3 pearls as my embellishments - the banner & hearts don't count!

So, over to you now kiddies, let's see what you make. Jx

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Things With wings
SSS Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
All Dressed Up - 33 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Shaped card
Passion for Promarkers - Easel does it!
I Love Promarkers - Release the glitter - glitter wings!

Oops, just realised this is Wed not Thurs! Sorry folks I'm a day early, the current MAWTT challenge is still running! Jx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Nursery Rhymes

On Saturday, I was out cutting the grass and tidying up the garden, been in the garden most days this week, enjoying the Spring sunshine and getting things in shape.  But yesterday, the weather had different plans, it snowed for hours, blizzard conditions returned and everything was white.  Luckily it hasn't stayed for long, just a few pockets of snow remain and hopefully I'll get back to my gardening soon! In the mean time, it's challenge time again over at Ooh La La and this week it's the turn of Susan to pick her theme and she has selected

Nursery Rhymes

Now as I don't have little toots any more I don't often make really kiddy cards however I scrolled through my bits and bobs and decided on the rhyme;

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Bare with me on this cause I do get there! So, in said rhyme the maid was in the garden...hanging out the clothes, right, when down came a black bird, and pecked off her nose!

You will be relieved to know that my card does not depict a hidious scene of said event, instead, it was a snowy day like yesterday, so the maid hug the clothes up inside, avoiding said bird!!!

And here is my card, made from the lovely Ooh La La CD - Everyday Occasions.

Crafty Gals Corner - 16 - Girls girls girls
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Chocolate Coffee & Cards - Use a die cut - Stitched rectangle for sentiment
That's Crafty - Keep it simple
Papertake - Cute as a button - Well I think she's cute washing her dolls clothes
CD Sunday - Layer it up - do faux layers count?

Sunday, 19 April 2015


It's been a while since I just made a card, not for a DT project or a specific person in mind, but the other day I had time so I did!

Think I'm inspired by all the lovely images in the new Ooh La La CD - The Paula Oakley Collection.  There are so many gorgeous images on that CD, and I never realised they were all hand painted by Paula.  Well I never really stoped to think about it actually, but when you do, you realise just how lovely they are!

So starting at the beginning of the CD, with the very first image, I chose Agapanthus - a gorgeous purple flower which was great fun to layer up in decoupage.

Backing papers were also off the CD - and look - an insert too - all printed to match the papers used and you guessed it, off the CD!

The card was then finished with lace and pearls and will be entering the following challenges;

CD Sunday - Purple Crazy
Fantastic Tuesday - Pearls
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Wonderful Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge - Pearls (320)
Card Mania - Flowers
Woopsie Daisy - Flowers
The Corrosive Challenges - Floral Frenzy

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Anything But Square

Today's challenge over at MAWTT has been set by Kelly as...

Anything but Square

And this is something that I rarely do so it was indeed a challenge for me.  Made easier by the fact that I recently purchased some large circular dies with this challenge in mind - and you know what you're like when you get something new!

And talking of new - that stamp is too!  It's by Beccy's Place, and I won it a couple of weeks back in a challenge.  It's part of a set called "Catitude" and it has some brilliant quotes on it - which you will see in the coming weeks! (Thanks Beccy for my prize>)

Paper is a MME sheet, (Lost & Found) and colouring by Promarker.

Di's Digi Designs - Include an animal
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Four Legged friends
Crafters Cafe - Animal Antics
Crafting By Designs - Shaped cards
Crazy4Challenges - Pet, cat! C4C281
Di's Digi Designs - Include an animal